The Results of Compromise

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Compromise

Most of his messages from chapters 7-20 were delivered during the reign of Jehoiakim. King Josiah had led the nation in a reformation during which he restored the temple and removed idols from the land. In 609 he was wounded in battle near Megiddo and taken to Jerusalem where he died (II Chron. 35:20-27). Josiah’s son, Jehoahaz, reigned for three months but was dethroned by the King of Egypt and replaced by the kings brother Jehoiakim. During his reign he led the nation back into their idolatrous ways. The Jews didn’t actually abandon the temple ministry, they simply compromised and brought idolatry into the temple and made Jehovah one of the many gods they worshiped.

This was a word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord (v. 1). It was to be preached by him at the gate of the temple to the men of Judah as they entered these gates to worship (v. 2). If they would “amend their ways and doings” (repent), and return to God He would restore their peace and return to them in a way of mercy (v. 3). The people believed that judgment would not come because the temple was in Jerusalem but God’s protection would only come if they changed their ways (v. 4).They must be honest and just in all their dealings between themselves and their neighbor (v. 5). They are not to take advantage of the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow (v. 6). Neither are they to walk after other gods, nor listen to those that would draw them into communion with idolaters; for it is, and will be, to their own hurt. He tells them that if they establish such a work of reformation and abide by it they will be able to dwell in the land that He gave to their fathers for ever and ever (v. 7).

Application

I must never compromise in my walk with the Lord by letting people and things become more important to me than in obeying the Lord.

Jeremiah 7:1-7 (English Standard Version)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive words: 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.' "For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever."

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